Leadership as Stewardship

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Leadership as Stewardship

Honouring Our Past While Ensuring Our Future

9781035319411 Edward Elgar Publishing
Marian Iszatt-White, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School, UK
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 941 1 Extent: c 192 pp
Exploring different understandings of stewardship across a range of research domains and cultures, this insightful book examines the tensions between competing perspectives and their implications for leadership. Marian Iszatt-White proposes ‘leadership-as-stewardship’ as a new signifier for leadership research, providing practical guidance to leaders navigating the challenges and trade-offs of the Anthropocene.

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Exploring different understandings of stewardship across a range of research domains and cultures, this insightful book examines the tensions between competing perspectives and their implications for leadership. Marian Iszatt-White proposes ‘leadership-as-stewardship’ as a new signifier for leadership research, providing practical guidance to leaders navigating the challenges and trade-offs of the Anthropocene.

Leadership as Stewardship identifies how the apparent inadequacy of modern leadership coincides with a shift in scholarship away from practical inquiry and towards a range of aspirational approaches, including authentic, sustainable, responsible and ethical. Iszatt-White proposes stewardship as an alternative to these aspirational forms of leadership and challenges the ability of Western, Enlightenment-based thinking to solve global issues created by that same thinking. The book concludes that it is time to place the more enact-able construct of stewardship at the heart of leadership aspirations and scholarly activities.

Interdisciplinary in scope, this book will be vital for scholars of leadership, management and organization studies. Highlighting the ability of stewardship to combat perceived failings in leadership as both a construct and a practice, it is also valuable to policymakers, management educators and leadership practitioners.

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‘A thoroughly enjoyable read, focusing on “aspirational” forms of leadership (ethical, authentic, responsible, sustainable), shifting from inquiry to advocacy. It will resonate for Māori Indigenous scholars, whose history of stewardship, collective, relational and servant leadership is at the fore. The Ambidexterity and Indigenous models balance the past, present and future.’
– Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
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